Mt Mayon Volcano, Bicol, Philippines. (Photo courtesy Philippines Department of Tourism)
Whale shark, Donsol, Philippines.
Donsol & the Whale Sharks
Donsol has the highest density of whale sharks in the world! For decades, the seafaring natives of Donsol, Sorsogon have been living in the company of the butanding - huge, gentle whale sharks that live in great numbers offshore.
In a still unexplained natural phenomena, droves of these animals congregate in the waters of this town during summer months, forming the main attractions in a bustling ecotourism.
Interact with Whale Sharks at Donsol
The whale shark is the world's largest fish, and appear in Donsol waters in considerable numbers between December and May of each year, taking advantage of dense food concentration.
Donsol is the seasonal feeding ground for whale sharks, and their arrival prompts the local community to provide interaction tours. Visitors even have the chance to swim alongside these majestic creatures.
Bicol & South Luzon
In the far south of the Philippines' main island, Luzon, lies the region of Bicol. Here you'll find the imposing Mt Mayon - the Philippines most active volcano, famous for its almost perfectly symmetrical shape, and with a crater that is almost permanently smoldering.
The Bicol province is the world’s largest exporter of Abaca fibre, more commonly known worldwide as Manila hemp. It is considered as the strongest among natural fibres.
The Pili Nut is native to the Philippines and grows in abundance in the Bicol Region. Several local delicacies use the Pili Nut as the main ingredient and the Bicol province has a wide range of options for all tastes.
Cagasawa Ruins, Bicol
Bicol typhoon memorial
Albay Provincial Tour
A provincial tour of Bicol's Albay Province, visits the Cagsawa Ruins, Daraga Church, Embarcadero, Lignon Hill, Mt Mayon Rest House and Planetarium, and Tiwi Pottery, as well as the Abaca Handicraft and Pili Shops.
See also the remains of the Padang barangay of Legaspi City, which was buried in a landslide of ash and giant boulders, following a typhoon in 2006.
A more detailed description of the Albay Provincial Tour can be found here.
Masbate & Ticao Island
Masbate is an island province located in the Bicol region. It consists of three islands - Masbate, Ticao and Burias. Ticao Island Resort is a peaceful refuge close to several excellent dive sites.
Some dive sites, like the Manta Bowl, are the cleaning and feeding stations of the Oceanic Manta. Waters such as Ticao Pass and Burias Pass are known for being plankton rich, with a constant current. This makes the waters of Ticao an alley for other pelagics like Whale Sharks, Thresher Sharks, Hammerheads, and Tiger Sharks.
For more relaxing and colourful dives, visitors should head for the reefs of Ticao Island and that of other nearby islands. You're sure to be awestruck by the colourful creatures and corals.